Avid music fans are very particular about the gear they use to listen to their favourite band, song or genre of music. Some prefer headphones with large padding, while some like to have smaller ones with noise cancellation. Similarly, many users find wireless heapdhones more flexible, while many compromise with sound quality for comfort. This is why gifting a headphone or speaker can be tricky.
Here are some heapdhones and speakers that you can consider as gifting options for an audiophile in the family.
Bose Soundlink Revolve+
It is a splash-resistant speaker with a bottle-shaped aluminium body and a grille mesh around the lower half. It is powered by a 360-degree acoustic deflector which provides similar audio experience from all sides. Despite the small size (its 152mm tall), it can fill medium to large rooms comfortably and has a battery backup of 18 hours. You can connect it wirelessly with any Android and Apple iPhone and control it with the Bose connect app. It is ideal for users looking for a portable speaker which doesn’t try to exaggerate lower frequencies, and can work wirelessly.
Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay S3
If you are looking for something more stylish, there is BeoPlay S3. It is a wireless speaker designed like a dodecahedron with a plastic body and fabric cover on top. The only caveat is that it doesn’t have a built-in battery, and needs to be plugged in. However, one can control it from anywhere with the B&O app (free for Android and iOS). Sound quality is crisp even at full volume and the bass is strong.
Logitech UE Wonderboom
Designed like a cylindrical cup, Logitech wireless speaker UE Woderboom can project sound in all directions. It is designed for outings or camping trips, which explains the sturdy build and water proof exterior—it is water proof up to a depth of 1 metre for 30 minutes. It comes in attractive colours such as cashmere pink, fireball red, lilac, phantom black, stone grey and subzero blue. It is surprisingly loud for its size, has pretty strong bass and lasts up to 10 hours on one charge.
For users looking for a wireless heapdhone, the Sony XB950B1 is a solid option. Available in black, red and blue, this stylish looking headphone offers generous amount of padding for comfort. Dubbed as extra bass headphones by Sony, it can deliver deep and powerful bass. It has built-in battery which can muster up to 21 hours of backup on non-stop use. Users can tweak the virtual surround sound characteristics or increase bass level using the Sony Headphones Connect app (free for Android and iOS).
Sennheiser HD 4.30
This is a wireless headphone with substantial amount of padding on the earcups, so one can use it for hours without feeling any discomfort. The over-the-ear design and padding keeps the ambient noise out, even though there is no active noise cancellation feature in the headphone. The headphone can go really loud, without losing its clarity. It is not very impressive with bass heavy music, but is impressive with lower frequencies.
The wired variant of Beyerdynamic Byron is ideal for users looking for an affordable in-ear headphone. The ear bud has an aluminium casing but a standard round design. What sets it apart from rivals is the light form factor. At 13g, it is one of the lightest earphones around. The cable is also quite sturdy and doesn’t tangle easily. There is no sharp edge or heavy bass which makes using it quite relaxing. You can use it with any smartphone with a 3.5mm jack.